Bonjour! Rumor has it you’re looking to plan a trip to my city. As a W Hotel Insider, I can safely say there’s no place like Montreal during the holidays. Filled with old-world charm and trimmed with sparkling lights, the city has something for everyone. Here are a few top spots to visit when winter comes around – just don’t forget your jacket and some extra cozy mittens.

W Montreal
Where to Stay
Located in heart of downtown, the W Montréal is the place to be. Treat yourself to a day at the Away Spa, sip a one-of-a-kind cocktail in the multilevel lounge, Wunderbar, or simply relax atop luxe feather and down pillows.

Where to Go
Lauréa: Need to duck in from the cold? Make a reservation to dine at this acclaimed eatery on Laurier Street. Not only will its contemporary French cuisine fuel your adventures, it will wow you with standout (read: Instagram-friendly) presentation.

TELUS Fire on Ice: No holiday trip to Montreal is complete without catching this fireworks show in the Old Port. Held every December, it’s a spectacular sight set to music.

Saint Catherine Street: If you’re in the mood for wandering and old-fashioned people watching, head here. Be sure to stop at La Maison OGILVY and admire the holiday windows, aptly named The Enchanted Village.

Have other travel plans? There’s an Insider in every W city who can help you make the most of your trip. Plus, you can visit our W Hotels The Store Boutique opening Wednesday, November 4, at 3PM ET to gear up on all the five-star essentials.

November 4, 2015

It’s the height of summer, and we’ve definitely caught the travel bug. Sure, we’re stuck deskside, but that’s not stopping us from daydreaming of destinations worthy of jet-setting. Here are four W Hotels hot spots currently topping our list.

W-Hotel_MaldivesFirst stop, an overwater bungalow at the W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. There are white-sand beaches. Turquoise lagoons. Breathtaking reefs. And did we mention it’s on its own private island? Enough said.

W-Hotel_SeoulPerched on the slope of Mount Acha with views of the Han river, W Seoul – Walkerhill fuses the city’s energy with a cool, laid-back vibe. Exhibit A: the color-splashed WET deck where relaxation meets pop art.

W Hotel AmsterdamW Amsterdam may not be opening until September 21, but we’re beyond excited. Partygoers (and human chess pieces) around the globe have already started celebrating. Plus, we can’t wait for signature cocktails with views of Dam Square.

W-Hotel_LALast stop, W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills. We’ll leave the passports at home and check in to this newly renovated hotel to unwind. Daytime agenda = a private cabana, poolside (with a selfie or two to commemorate). Nighttime agenda = DJ beats and the Sunset Strip.

Can’t make it to one of these locations but want a piece of the lifestyle? Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opens Thursday, August 6, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas Waters, Associate Content Editor

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August 6, 2015

We get it. You don’t want to waste precious luggage space by packing sneakers. Turns out, W Hotels and yoga guru Tara Stiles are on board with that. Which is why they teamed up to roll out FIT with Tara Stiles at the 45 (and counting) W locations worldwide. 

W Hotels Tara Stiles Yoga

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April 23, 2015

Ah, luxury hotel living. There’s the big cushy bed. Unlimited fluffy white towels. Service at the touch of a button. But a stay at any of the W’s 46 worldwide locations (like the just-opened W Bogota Hotel and W Beijing – Chang’an) goes beyond all that. Here’s what’s in store.

W Hotel Dallas Bed

10AM: Wake up wrapped in silky-soft cotton sheets and a down blanket in your plush W Hotels bed.

10:15AM: Sink a little deeper into the pillows and revel in utter comfort before you take on the day.

11AM: Shower. The scent of Bliss Lemon + Sage products is eye-opening. Slip on a W robe when you’re done.

W Hotels Yoga

12PM: Head to yoga. You’re going to want to keep this whole Zen vibe going. Hoping for something more intense? Get your sweat on at FIT – the W’s solution to making the gym more fun, it’ll be the chicest workout space you’ve ever seen.

3PM: Put that energy to good use. Dress to the nines and claim a seat at a fashion show.

W Hotels DJ

8PM: Kick off the evening with dinner. Indulge in room service while you freshen up or hit the hotel’s eatery to see and be seen.

11PM: It’s time for drinks and dancing – music will be flowing all night at the W Hotels & Burn Studios DJ Lab.

2AM: Snuggle into your W Hotels bed and pull the down duvet over your head. You’ve earned some shut-eye.

10AM: Wake up refreshed. Repeat.

Bring that luxe W Hotels lifestyle home. Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opened Friday, January 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 30, 2015

Close your eyes. Now, think back to your finest hotel stay. Got it? Whether it was an over-the-top Ritz or a cozy B&B, use that memory to recreate the same feeling at home. Here, we’ll show you how with three aesthetics.

Recreate That Hotel Feeling at Home

Images via The Carlyle, Soniat House, and Destination360

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February 24, 2014

Maybe you sleep on your back. Or next to a bedmate who just won’t stop fidgeting. Well, we’re here to say – there’s a mattress for that.

The W Hotels Bed Boutique opens Wednesday, August 7, at 3PM ET.

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August 7, 2013

The perfectly made hotel bed is a feat of housekeeping mastery and – like a salon blowout – is nearly impossible to replicate at home. Luckily, the Director of Renovations for W Hotels, Aliya Khan, let us in on a few tricks of the trade.


Invest in high-quality bedding and pillows. “I recommend using 100% cotton, with a 200 – 400 thread count. Be sure to use sheets, shams, and a duvet set, as well as a lightweight blanket or coverlet. Extra pillows and shams are a nice, inviting touch.”

Make the bed. “After placing the fitted sheet on the bed, make hospital corners with the bottom corners of the top sheet. Then place the top sheet on the bed, followed by the duvet. Fold the sheet and duvet down 12 – 14 inches before placing pillows on top. Smooth out the duvet and sit the pillows up straight.”

Keep duvets and pillows fluffy. “Shake them lightly with your hand every morning and then redistribute the filling by tapping the pillows on every side. Wash your pillows and duvet every few months on the gentle cycle and dry them on low with tennis balls in the dryer to keep them fluffy.”

It’s not just about the bed. “While the bed is key, it’s also important to consider the entire ambiance of a room. Scents like lavender (either from a candle or a spray) are ideal as they soothe and relax, and citrus scents are perfect for waking you up in the morning. Also experiment with different lighting, keeping it dim by night so you can unwind but bright and welcoming by day.”

Our Sleep Solutions: Memory Foam Toppers to Pillows Boutique opens Monday, August 31, at 11AM ET.

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May 17, 2013

Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners for the holidays or looking to spruce up your own sleeping space, follow these easy at-home tips to create a bedroom that’s all about relaxation.

1. Make the bed. It may sound obvious, but if you’re anything like me, you know how temping it can be to throw that comforter over a pile of jumbled sheets and call it a day. Get into the habit of making the bed right after you brush your teeth, and after a long, tiresome day, it will feel as if housekeeping stopped by to tuck in your covers.

2. Stick with one color palette, & upgrade your thread count. Nothing feels more like a hotel room than crisp, white, freshly washed linens, but a soothing sky blue or neutral tone will have the same stress-relieving effect. And if there’s one thing to splurge on in the bedroom, it’s the sheets (not the TV). Up that thread count, or choose a luxury cotton like Egyptian or Supima.

3. Fresh flowers. We don’t often think of buying flowers if we’re not entertaining or greeting someone special, but a freshly cut bouquet perched on a bedside table or vanity circulates oxygen and heightens the room by adding color and pleasing aromas.
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November 20, 2012

W Hotels Fashion Next Celebrates New Designers

The fashion world may look glamorous from the outside, but as anyone who’s watched Project Runway or All on the Line knows, being a designer is far from easy. In addition to creating the actual collection, you also need the resources to show it, produce it, publicize it, and deliver it to stores – and then do it all over again (and again…and again) every three to six months. Whew.

The fashion cycle is tough enough for big-name designers with major corporate backing – it’s even harder for emerging talents who are working on a shoestring budget with little to no outside help.

Which is where W Hotels’ Fashion Next comes in. Launched three years ago, the Fashion Next program was created to discover and support young designers by sponsoring their New York Fashion Week presentations.
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September 22, 2011

The W Hotel Inspires Us To Make Over The Bed

Rue La La: How do we go about making the perfect bed?
Nan: It just takes attention to detail. You need to always be thinking about the final picture. Does it need a bedskirt? To start with, you need really nice bedding, and a good iron. The more luxurious and beautiful the sheets, the better the bed.

Rue La La: We want to recreate this luxe look at home. Can you walk us through your process?
Nan: Okay, my process:
1.) When you buy bedding, make sure to wash it first.
2.) Use a down insert, or a down substitute. Do not skimp on the pillows.
3.) You’ll need a nice mattress pad cover that’s cushiony, breathes, and is soft.
4.) Iron the pillow cases and the duvet, and if you have extra time, the sheets.
5.) Make sure the inserts fit the shams and the pillows fit the pillowcases.
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September 14, 2011